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PCB design tool brings productivity, automation enhancements

16 Nov 2015

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Altium Ltd has unveiled a major update to its flagship PCB design tool, Altium Designer 16. According to the company, this update expands the Altium Designer platform to include several features enabling engineers to save time in developing complex, error-free designs.

As electronic designs continue to expand in complexity, engineers are often left with the daunting task of managing all of the details needed to complete their designs on-time and error-free. Altium Designer 16 includes several productivity and automation-focused enhancements. These include Alternative Part Choice System that allows designers to fully control their component selection process with backup part choices for manufacturing; Visual Clearance Boundaries that allow designers to understand the impact of their routing decisions in real-time with visual clearance boundaries between objects on a board; and Component Placement System that allows designers to create the most organised and efficient board layouts with additional component placement options.

Altium Designer 16

The Altium Designer 16 promises to allow engineers to save time in developing complex, error-free designs.

It also boasts Integrated TASKING Pin Mapper that allows designers to instantly share design data between a PCB and an embedded software project; Offline Design System that allows designers to fully control what network data is shared with the outside world with specific connectivity sharing options; and 3D STEP Model Generation Wizard that allows designers to generate realistic and accurate 3D models to provide an exact representation of a board in physical reality.

Altium Designer 16 is available as a free upgrade to all Altium Subscription customers and can be downloaded from the Altium Products Download page.

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